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South Street Apartments receiving upgrade

May 25, 2012
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The majority of units at the South Street Apartments are undergoing kitchen renovations, while all of the 131 units will receive new bathroom exhaust fans, according to Lydia Agro, director of communications for the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). The kitchen renovations, which impact 88 units, typically include new cabinetry, lightning, appliances, repairs to the...

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Local group pushes pro-tax, anti-war ballot question

May 25, 2012
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Jamaica Plain-based Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants is part of an effort to place a non-binding referendum on the ballot for the November election. The referendum urges the U.S. Congress to tax the rich, prevent budget cuts, end the Afghanistan war and invest in jobs. “The idea is to send a message,” said Michael...

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Mayor: I would have kept Casey Overpass

May 24, 2012
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Calling the Casey Arborway project a “second Big Dig,” Mayor Thomas Menino told the Gazette he would have preferred to see the existing overpass remain there. Menino said sometimes people have to think outside the box and his vision would have the overpass being rebuilt with green space underneath it. That would connect Arnold...

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Route 39 plan delayed again

May 11, 2012
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Plans to improve the Route 39 bus have been delayed yet again until the fall. The Route 39 bus changes, which were planned three years ago, were most recently scheduled to begin this spring. But according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo, they have been delayed again because MBTA staff needed additional time to ensure...

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Community center rental rates questioned

May 11, 2012
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The controversial rental hikes at the Hennigan Community Center on Heath Street were long overdue, but a “mistake” might have been made in the way they were carried out, said the group that sets the rates. Meanwhile, the City and a local city councilor are questioning the move and its impact on local youth...

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Jackson Square redevelopment starts

May 11, 2012
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The first phase of the $250 million redevelopment of Jackson Square will kick off Saturday, May 12 with a groundbreaking ceremony for the 225 Centre St. project. “I think the community has been so involved in setting the vision for the Jackson Square redevelopment that it is a real exciting day to reach the...

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Councilors worry new school would move

May 11, 2012
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Adding to the controversial Boston Public School (BPS) school-move plan process, city councilors have expressed concerns about BPS commitment to keeping the new Margarita Muñiz Academy at the former Agassiz School on Child Street in JP. As part of the BPS plan, the Mission Hill K-8 is slated to move into the now-empty Agassiz...

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JPNC denies Whole Foods seating license

May 11, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) narrowly voted to deny Whole Foods a license to set up inside and outside seating during its meeting April 24. The council’s vote is not binding on Whole Foods Market’s effort to add 38 seats—22 inside and 16 outside—to its 413 Centre St. location. The company can still...

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New parking lot in the works

May 11, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Local developer Mordechai Levin is planning on turning the property at 41 Amory St. into an 84-vehicle parking lot. “To be honest with you, much of Jamaica Plain needs more parking. Much of the city needs more parking. It’s an old city,” said Levin. The site was previously used for “wrecking, dismantling and...

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Senator Brown visits Roslindale Village

May 11, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) U.S. Sen. Scott Brown gives Cecilia Blacker a high-five.

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown toured Roslindale Village April 27 to meet with local residents, taking photographs with many of them and signing autographs for others. The senator made many stops along the way, including the Blue Star Restaurant, the Fornax Bread Company and Tony’s Market. Tony DeBenedictis, owner of Tony’s Market, made sure Brown...

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